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Marine Adventures and Coastal Exploration

Whakatane is a paradise for marine adventures and coastal exploration, with a range of activities to suit all interests and skill levels. Take a guided kayak tour to Whale Island, a wildlife sanctuary that's home to rare birds and reptiles, or join a fishing charter and try your luck at catching snapper, kingfish, and other local species. For a unique experience, book a swimming with dolphins tour and get up close and personal with these intelligent and playful creatures in their natural habitat. If you prefer to stay on land, take a scenic walk along the Whakatane River, stopping to spot native birds and enjoy picturesque views of the surrounding landscape.

Rich Maori Culture and Heritage

Whakatane has a rich Maori history and culture, with several important sites and experiences for visitors to explore. Visit the Mataatua Wharenui, a beautifully carved meeting house that tells the story of the local Ngati Awa tribe, or take a guided tour of the Wairaka Marae to learn about Maori customs and traditions. Attend a cultural performance at the Whakatane Little Theatre, showcasing traditional Maori song, dance, and storytelling, or browse the exhibitions at the Whakatane Museum to learn about the region's early Maori settlement and see ancient artifacts and treasures.

Hiking and Biking Adventures

Whakatane is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, with a range of hiking and biking trails to explore. Walk the Nga Tapuwae o Toi track, a scenic coastal walkway that takes you past historic sites and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Hike to the summit of Kohi Point, a volcanic headland that offers panoramic views of the town and surrounding coastline. For a more challenging adventure, tackle the Whirinaki Forest Park tracks, a network of trails that wind through ancient native forest and past cascading waterfalls. If you prefer to explore on two wheels, rent a bike and cycle the Motu Trails, a series of off-road cycle tracks that take you through native bush, farmland, and along the coast.

Food and Drink Experiences

Whakatane is known for its delicious local cuisine and artisanal food and drink producers. Visit the Whakatane Farmers' Market, held every Saturday morning, to sample fresh produce, homemade jams and chutneys, and locally crafted cheeses and bread. Take a tour of the White Island Vines, a boutique winery that produces a range of award-winning wines, or visit the Whakatane Brewery to sample craft beers and learn about the brewing process. Dine at one of the town's many cafes and restaurants, such as the Fisherman's Wharf Café or Gibbo's On the Wharf, to savor dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

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